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to percade hamid karzai to sign. keeping u.s. military troops past 2014. after a second day of talks, paul joins us. >> n.a.t.o. officials meet with afghan's foreign minister. could we be closer to a signature. >> i think the principal you have to think of when you talk about these meetings, is like an apple press. you tighten the pressure in the hope that the juice flows. there's a blockage in the pipeline. it is hamid karzai. he's not willing to sign the bilateral agreement. even john kerry will not speculate as to why he will not sign it. hamid karzai at the moment says no. susan rice went to kabul, he said no. as john kerry says on tuesday here in brussels, there are some 50 nations who are part of the effort to stablilize afghanistan. they have budgetary cycles, planning cycles, and you don't turn off military cycles like this. there has to be planning involved. n.a.t.o. says it needs the signature before the end of the year. n.a.t.o. officials said any signature will do. hamid karzai says he will not sign it until next year. could it strain relations with president hamid karzai. >> i
killed dozens of civilians. >> the security deal with the united states is in jeopardy if hamid karzai doesn't sign. that's the message. an n.a.t.o. summit is being attended in brussels. paul brennan is there for us. why can't n.a.t.o. wait for a signature until after the april elections as hamid karzai wants? >> basically because n.a.t.o. says it would be too late to do that. they need a degree of certainty. they are pressing on hamid karzai to sign the agreement because he has agreed to it in principal with talks with secretary of state john kerry. there are budgetary cycles, planning cycles. you can't switch on and off military trainers. they need a degree of certainty for this to happen. if we don't get the signature on that the zero option will have to be on the table and that is an option where the troops will have to be pulled out. it's an option at this point, nout one they are afraid of threatening, if hamid karzai does not sign the agreement. john kerry described it as needing the best transition possible. and in order to do that they need months of transitioning. it's not go
karzai does not sign the deal with the u.s. >> reporter: yes, the u.s. is increasing the pressure to sign the pact to allow coalition groups to stay in the country after 2014. the afghan government say they would like to sign the deal but on certain conditions. >> predominantly, these two days have been about afghanistan, particularly about the failure of the president had hamid karo put pen to paper and sign off on the security agreement between afghanistan and the coalition forces that will remain in afghanistan after 2020. the failure to even is calls problems from the planning point of view. there have been clarification on the departing afghan delegation. before they left they said that they would sign the deal in good time. they said they fully supported the deal. they put some conditions. they want assurances from the hall litheallies and the coalite mr. karzai puts pen to paper. they want more peace talks and they wanted no more raids on afghan homes. that promises to be a sticking point potentially for the allies who are still fighting against insurgents and taliban members insi
and not necessarily by the karzai the security pact will allow all thousands of coalition troops to stay in the country after twenty fourteen. rice's his comments followed talks with two afghan envoys at nato's brussels headquarters of an afghan foreign ministry spokesman says it's not it's for karzai to determine whether the bilateral security agreement will be signed between the two nations. any presidential war minister elect. it's something that. it is. within the authority of the president of afghanistan and the afghan government win. take action based on discrimination to the present and to make this trip back so in other words it's up to the president of pants. to determine where there. a security agreement will be signed at a presidential level four. the difference between the two governments nearly a month after super typhoon ions focus of the philippines the death toll was still rising. he has soared to over fifty seven hundred. but even as the country is to counting the day and the capacity of hospitals to address all issues is also becoming a major concern. cctv is by readin
of what is happening here. >> afghanistan's president hamid karzai still refuses to sign a security pact with the united states. the deal would see foreign forces remaining after 2014 in exchange for billions of dollars for aid. the date has come and gone and afghans are becoming nervous. >> for more than 10 years the money market in kabul did a roaring business. foreign aid and investment poored into the economy. african was making money. now it's busier than ever because of increasing anxiety about the local currency. the president of afghanistan is still refusing to sign a security pact with the u.s., meaning some foreign forces remaining after 2014. willions of dollars in aid remained. without that, the economy is expected to collapse. that delay is causing fear in the business community. >> if it is not signed people will be panicked and it will affect the economy. people are running away. our businessman are worried. >> as afghans panic and exchange their money for u.s. dollars the afghani is being devalued. in a country where food is imported, prices are going up. >> ordinary mark
consecutive terms. if i could, karzai has the same problem. he is a little bit crazy, is not trustworthy, tries to get the best deal for himself -- not necessarily for his people, but for himself. not aneceptive and honest broker. you see that off and on in these backroom middle eastern countries more than you do anywhere else. host: leading us to the headlines today in the paper about the afghanistan deal that john kerry is trying to negotiate along with nato, getting karzai to sign it. the headline in "the washington post ," is that it is in peril. it has been in peril the whole time. it is going to hurt the international community's help afghanistan. people will not invest billions of dollars if they do not know where the money is going, if it is just going into the corrupt pockets of an afghan official. i do not know what the problem of karzai is. i truly do not. for all the help, the money, the lives that the international community has given to make themselves safer because afghanistan was the hot spot of international terrorist the pakistan with its nuclear capability, clearly it
but not the president and hamid karzai is refusing to sign before the year's end. they are backing the afghan counterparts decision for the deal and karzai met in tehran sunday with rohani and calling for trade and security and they opposed the presence of troops in afghanistan, the only country asking karzai not to sign the security deal. the security agreement would secure billions of dollars afghanistan needs to boost economy but in limbo the currency is falling and as al jazeera jayne ferguson reports and says it's raising food among the reach of many. >> reporter: the money market in kobbel has done a great business and it poured in to the economy and afghans making money honestly or otherwise traded in foreign exchange and now it's busier than ever because of increasing anxiety about the currency of the afghans. the president of afghanistan is refusing to sign a security pact with the u.s. that would mean some foreign forces remaining after 2014. but billions of dollars in aid would also remain, and the economy is expected to collapse without that. that delay is causing fear in the bus
with hamid karzai. he will not sign a security deal with the u.s. until after the april election. progress will have to be made. >> it's sunday in south africa. the country's official week of mourning for nelson mandela has begun. it is well into sunday morning, yet there is still a few dye hards. to my left on the streets, it played a few part in nelson mandela's life and the life of apartheid. so many came out to honour the struggle and the lessons that he left with. >> this street hosted apartheid's bloodiest battle and thanked its famous residents for winning the fight. outside nelson mandela's house, and played protest songs. >> in a quiet corner, nelson mandela was thanked. this was a champ, he coaches kids to box because nelson mandela asked him to. nelson mandela urged him to help his community and to take his anger out on the community, not the street. >> i wouldn't be alive today. i help the children now. >> nelson mandela loved boxing. he considered it an outlet for stress and anger. >> he trained here. it's the soweto ymca today. >> today young men from soweto train in a mooede
soldiers to operate there and how we would operate them and these are good international agreements. karzai is playing a game and i think he is figuring we want to the deal more than he wants the deal or he thinks we have to have a deal and i hope we don't play this game of chicken and turn away and walk away and i don't think that is where the mindset is. this deal is really important and by the way it sends a message both to our adversaries and their allies in the region that we are not just going to pac up and go home. that is not helpful given what has happened in the middle east. >> mr. chairman on behalf of sais and our audience here today want to thank you for taking the time with us, for showing us your depth and command of these vital national security issues and your bipartisan leadership on the committee and in congress. >> thank you very much. thanks for having me. [applause] [inaudible conversations] >> he if you could all stay seated we are going to begin the next session right away with representative christopher van hollen. christopher van hollen was elected to congress in 2
-- soldiers to operate there. these are good international agreements. karzai is playing a game. he is bickering that we want to deal more than he wants the deal , or he thinks we have to have a deal. i think we do not play this game of chicken and walk away. this deal is really important. by the way, it also sends a message to our adversaries and allies in the region. that is not helpful to us given what has happened in the middle east. -- >> on behalf of the audience year, thank you for being here to show us your depth and commands of these issues, and your bipartisan leadership in the congress and committee. thank you. >> thanks for having me. [applause] >> great to see you. thank you very much. >> if you could all stay seated, we are going to begin the next session right away with representative christopher van hollen. christopher van hollen was elected to the congress in 2002 representing maryland's eight district and quickly rose to become one of the youngest members of the democratic leadership, serving as chairman of the democratic congressional campaign committee and as as
international agreements. karzai is playing a game. he is bickering that we want to deal more than he wants the deal, or he thinks we have to have a deal. i think we do not play this game of chicken and walk away. this deal is really important. by the way, it also sends a message to our adversaries and allies in the region. that is not helpful to us given what has happened in the middle east. >> on behalf of the audience year, thank you for being here to show us your depth and commands of these issues, and your bipartisan leadership in the congress and committee. thank you. >> thanks for having me. [applause] >> great to see you. thank you very much. >> if you could all stay seated, we are going to begin the next session right away with representative christopher van hollen. christopher van hollen was elected to the congress in 2002 representing maryland's eight district and quickly rose to become one of the youngest members of the democratic leadership, serving as chairman of the democratic congressional campaign committee and as assistant to the speaker of the house. in 2010, he was elect
. jones: the letter respectfully reminded the president that president karzai continues to thumb his nose in the eyes of the american taxpayer. we have seen many news articles reporting karzai refusal to sign bilateral strategic agreement that this administration has proposed, an agreement that would obligate united states money and united states troops for at least 10 more years in afghanistan. in an associated press article printed in my state paper tiled "afghanistan president delays deal," the subtitle goes on to read, "u.s. says it will pull out troops if security agreement isn't signed." mr. speaker, it is my hope that the house will encourage the president to pull our troops out and stop spending money we do not have in a country that does not even want our help. furthermore, it's my hope that the house and senate leadership will in 2014 allow congress to vote on this issue of the bilateral strategic agreement. mr. speaker, it is wrong that the afghan parliament may vote on whether they want this agreement with the united states, but the house and the senate that represent the amer
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